College can be hectic and chaotic for any student, but U.S. military members returning from active duty overseas can face additional challenges. Finding the right school, and accomplishing good grades there can be doubly difficult for veterans trying to redeem VA benefits for education.
Enhancements to the G.I. Bill two years ago included measures that make it even easier for veterans to pursue college degrees, according to the Washington Post. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs persists in defending and promoting veterans’ rights, and many colleges are respecting the request.
Roger Parker, a U.S. Army vet who attends Anne Arundel Community College, says, “No one told me that when I came out of one hostile environment, I would end up in another hostile environment, fighting for my benefits.”
A list of the most military friendly schools for 2012 was recently released by G.I. Jobs magazine. The report identifies the top 20 percent of American institutions that welcome veterans with open arms, as well as offer customized veterans benefits for qualifying students.
According to WKYC Channel 3 in Cleveland, there were 13 Northeast Ohio colleges that made the list. Ohio’s high concentration of veteran-friendly schools includes Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, John Carroll University, Notre Dame College, Kent State University and more.
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